Friday, April 10, 2020

Voters Owe Democrats Nothing

[TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ASSAULT, RAPE APOLOGIA, RAPE CULTURE]

Maybe you expected me to do a post about Bernie suspending his campaign, and this is pretty much it. Yes, I was pretty bummed out, but I didn't have a whole lot of headspace for it. I knew there was a good chance it would happen and was surprised how bummed out I got, but I think it didn't matter that I saw it coming. The point is that it's representative of a system that has failed me over and over and I would love it if it worked as people keep promising me it will because that would be easy, but we're not getting any easy way out of this, are we?

It would be one thing if Bernie had lost at a fair game. But watching the entire Democratic party put all their resources against him to ensure that Joe fucking Biden was the nominee, and then to see supposed liberals and feminists continue to support him right over the words of Tara Reade, ditch the "believe women" line they've apparently just been exploiting for personal gain, and echo the same lines Republicans used to attack Dr. Ford and defend Brett Kavanagh to defend Biden?

There's only so much shit I can take before I walk away, you know?

It's been a long time since I actually supported the Democratic party in any way other than giving some online boosting to some of their candidates and politicians and, of course, voting for them. And I'm sure I will do so again, because some of them working within the system are good people, even if they have more faith in the system than I think anybody should. But I'm not supporting Biden.

I'll admit, the 2016 election and the shock of Trump winning did send me backward into that "vote blue no matter who" mindset. But the truth is that it never felt right to me. I feel like I'm being held hostage while being asked to be grateful for it, somehow. It's felt for years like the whole "lesser of two evils" thing has been used to shift us deeper and deeper into evil. Both candidates keep getting worse but I'm expected to keep supporting the lesser evil, and if I don't that somehow means I'm supporting the morer evil.

Enough. I'm done with this rigged game. I've said this before and I'll probably say it a few more times in blog posts like this. I won't be bullied into supporting a sexual predator, and my refusal to do so doesn't mean I'm automatically supporting a different, worse sexual predator. I'm tired of the old line that if I don't vote for the Democrat, it's a vote for the Republican. Yes, I understand that Republicans are more guilty of voter suppression and tend to win when there's less voter turnout. It still doesn't mean that giving my vote to a socialist candidate rather than Joe Biden means I'm voting for Trump.

You know what it means? It means I'm voting for a socialist candidate. End of story.

It doesn't even make sense in our electoral college system. I can vote for a literal bowl of shit if I want to, but Washington State will still go blue.

I'm done with this rigged system. My energy will go toward community organizing and bringing down the entire, fucked up system that has created the hell we're all in right now. Like a real radical. I'll still do some voting for the sake of harm reduction, but Democrats can officially eat my entire ass. I don't owe them shit and neither do you. It was their job to appeal to us and if they failed, that's on them. Political parties are supposed to work for the people, not the other way around. No matter what your personal feelings are on this subject or anything I've said here, don't ever forget that.

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